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DATE=12/15/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SUDAN OPPOSITION (L) NUMBER=2-257180 BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=KHARTOUM CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Opposition leaders in Sudan are reacting with caution to recent emergency measures decreed by President Omar al-Bashir. V-O-A correspondent Scott Bobb in Khartoum reports the opposition leaders say the measures are part of an internal dispute, but hope they will lead to democratic reforms. TEXT: One of Sudan's leading pro-democracy activists, Ghazi Suleiman, offered support to the government of President Omar al-Bashir -- if the president will initiate democratic reforms. /// SULEIMAN ACT /// This is a turning point, but we don't want the government to be exhausted so that it collapses without any prior notice. In fact this is not in the favor of my country. We want this government to go and approach the main problem, which is peace in my country. /// END ACT /// Sudanese for the most part have reacted cautiously to President Bashir's announcement late Sunday that he was decreeing emergency measures for three months and dissolving the national assembly. /// BASHIR ACT - IN ARABIC - FADE UNDER /// President Bashir told reporters there can only be one leader in a country and said the armed forces support his move. The Sudanese president made the move amid a power struggle with the national assembly and its powerful leader, Hassan al-Turabi. The assembly in recent months had proposed laws aimed at stripping the president of many of his powers. This followed a conference of the ruling National Congress party in which the president was given a subordinate position in the central committee under the leadership of Mr. Turabi. The opposition in Sudan calls the current crisis an internal dispute within the ruling government, which came to power in a military coup 10 years ago and, under the guidance of Mr. Turabi, installed an Islamist form of government. President Bashir has indicated his government will continue its current policies but expressed a desire for unity. The chairman of a pro-democracy movement called the Democratic Forces Front, Toby Madiot, says he hopes this means priority will be given to ending Sudan's 16 year civil war. /// REST OPT /// /// MADIOT ACT /// We feel that our priority is to work for peace, to bring peace to Sudan by stopping the war. And we feel that war cannot be stopped unless we achieve democracy, equality, justice, and unity and diversity. /// END ACT /// Leaders in Sudan and the region have expressed concern over a recent law authorizing the U-S government to provide separate aid to rebels in southern Sudan. Although the U-S government has not indicated it intends to begin such a program, the announcement has caused concern that it could lead to the secession of the south. This pressure, combined with what observers call a general fatigue over the war, have brought a flurry of meetings and sometimes rival agreements between factions in the Sudanese government, the rebels, and the civil opposition both inside the country and abroad. (Signed) NEB/SB/JWH/KL 15-Dec-1999 15:21 PM EDT (15-Dec-1999 2021 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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